Eviction Diversion Tracker

Eviction Diversion Tracker

Welcome to the Eviction Diversion Tracker, a Texas Housers resource that allows users to understand and interpret data related to our efforts to make evictions in Texas rare and fair. The resource currently consists of two dashboards:

The two dashboards can each be viewed as a standalone, or they can be used together, for example to identify counties that still have rent relief available but are experiencing an uptick in new eviction cases entering the courts.

You can explore both dashboards below.

Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Dashboard

ERA distribution on the local level is defined by stark geographical disparities.

Since May of 2021, Texas Housers has monitored the progress of Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs in Texas by collecting data on their expenditures and recipient pools (see our ERA report volumes 1 and 2).

For our third round of data tracking and analysis, we have transitioned to an interactive dashboard interface. The priorities driving our research remain the same: we want to see that jurisdictions distribute ERA efficiently and equitably. This means that their ERA programs:

  • Distribute assistance quickly.
  • Target households in the lowest income bracket.
  • Target people of color.

How to use the dashboard 

Select an ERA program from the list on the left and the dashboard’s elements will auto-adjust to display information about the selected program’s distribution. De-select the program before toggling to another. When no program is selected, the dashboard will sum all local and state program data to depict a snapshot of ERA distribution in Texas as a whole.

What You Should Know: March 2022

+ Several Texas jurisdictions have struggled to get any money out the door, failed to meet spending deadlines, and returned millions of ERA1 funds to the Treasury for reallocation elsewhere in the state and nation (see Montgomery County). As long as evictions in these jurisdictions continue, the loss of any amount of rental assistance is inexcusable.

+ Other jurisdictions spent their ERA1 awards quickly and received reallocated funding from the Treasury in January to meet the need for assistance that remained. However, rising eviction rates in these jurisdictions throughout early 2022 indicate that need remains still (see Houston/Harris County).

+ There is a chance that Texas could soon lose millions in vital rental assistance for good, as the Treasury plans to recapture all unobligated ERA1 funds at the end of March. Jurisdictions not on track to meet the March deadline must voluntarily reallocate to the statewide Texas Rent Relief program so that this vital assistance can reach low-income Texans before it is too late.

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Read more about the ERA program and the methodology behind Texas Housers’ dashboard here. (Updated 3/2/22)

Want more info, notice a bug, or have a suggestion? Email erin@texashousing.org

Eviction Dashboard

It is a critical moment for protecting low-income renters at risk of eviction during the covid crisis. Eviction moratoria in the courts have ended and rent relief is drying up. We have some indication that evictions are on the rise again in the State of Texas, but how do we know how many evictions are happening in the state?

This dashboard visualizes what we know about the state of evictions in Texas, based on eviction case numbers reported to the Texas Office of Court Administration by local Justice of the Peace courts in the state.

How to use the dashboard 

Get information about evictions cases for Texas and individual counties:

When you open the dashboard, information is displayed for the state of Texas as a whole. 

There are two ways to learn more about what is happening in individual counties:

  1. Select a county from the list in the top-left of the dashboard. Clicking on your selection will change all of the dashboard elements to reflect the numbers for that county alone. 
  2. On the map, click on any county to pull up a pop-up window that shows eviction case data for that county. 

Learn more by turning map layers on and off on the map:

The map has three layers that you can turn on and off. These layers show:

  • The number of new eviction cases for the most recent month
  • The rate of eviction cases per the number of renter households
  • The amount of missing data due to Justice of the Peace courts not fulfilling their legal obligation to report their case data to the State.

To turn layers on and off, first click the layer “stack” icon in the top-right corner of the map. Then, click the “eyeball” icon next to each layer to turn it on or off. Please note that you can only view a layer that is low on the list by turning off the layers above it.

What You Should Know: May 2022

+ 32% of all eviction cases heard in Texas in March (6,525 cases) were default judgments, meaning that tenants did not show up in court and the judge ruled in favor of the landlord by default.

+ New eviction cases in Texas in March stayed above 20,000, about even with the month before, even with three of the highest caseload courts in Harris County not reporting. Due to the missing data, the real number of new cases is likely higher than the month before.

+ North Texas cities are seeing very high eviction rates. In Tarrant County, one in every 107 renter households faced a new eviction case in March. In Dallas County is was one in every 122 renter households.

+ Evictions in Hays County more than doubled from February to March (45 up to 98). This is happening while Hays County still has Emergency Rental Assistance funds available and is losing it back to the federal government because they aren’t spending it quickly enough.

+ No courts in Hidalgo county (76k renter households) or Lubbock County (51k renter households) fulfilled their legal obligation to report eviction court data. We simply don’t know what’s going on with evictions in those populous areas.

+ In order to prevent evictions, we demand eviction court reform, investment in eviction diversion at all levels of government, expansion of tenants’ rights, and income-restricted housing targeted at the lowest-income renters who really need it. How do you stop evictions? By establishing all of these measures in the first place. In this crisis, it is high time for our local and state leaders to step up and do the right thing to keep Texans housed.

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Read more about evictions and the methodology behind Texas Housers’ dashboard here.

Dashboard updates log (5/17/22)

Want more info, notice a bug, or have a suggestion? Email ben@texashousing.org